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Into the Drink: Crabbing on the Sea Fever

Tue Jun 30, 2009

Red Rock Crab
Red Rock Crab

Call me naïve, but I really didn’t expect the fish smell to last that long. But with this morning’s shower, I have finally managed to remove the last olfactory remnants of chum and seaweed and fish guts lingering in my hair and on my skin from Saturday’s crabbing trip in Santa Barbara. The story I was working on for EdibleLA won’t come out until the fall, but I was starting to worry that the salty, slightly fermented perfume might last that long too.

Paul Chopping Chum
Paul Chopping Chum

Saturday’s trip was far from a pleasure cruise, not that I expected or wanted it to be. The Sea Fever, my subject John Wilson’s boat, is meant for one thing—catching crab and lobster. There is no bathroom, just a bucket in the small cabin down below, no running water to wash your face if you’re stomach is pitching with the sea, and no comfy chairs to sit and watch Roxy the Golden Retriever bark at the dolphins and seals playing around the boat as John and his deckhand Paul haul in another trap clammering with crab.

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It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas…

Sat Dec 15, 2007

bacalao

Bacalao

Nobody told me it was going to smell bad. Excited to try a new ingredient, I tore at the brown butcher paper like a six year old opening a present to reach the snowy white, stone heavy, rigid piece of bacalao inside. I gagged. I gagged again. Continue reading

Recipe Difficulty: Easy
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